VIDEO: B’Tselem end of year summary 2011 January 7, 2012

+972   –   4 January 2012

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem may be best known for is its camera  project, which started in 2007 when the organization began distributing video cameras to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. These cameras are often the only object Palestinians can “arm” themselves with in the face of discrimination, oppression and violence waged against them.

In 2011, volunteers in B’Tselem’s camera project filmed over 500 hours of footage in the West Bank. These are two minutes they collected and edited from it, depicting life under occupation and military rule, as a way to sum up the year that passed.

From B’Tselem’s Facebook page, regarding the video:

Some of the incidents documented in this video are indeed a result of official policy (which we oppose) but in some of the cases the soldiers went against army orders and in at least two incidents, investigations were opened by the army’s Criminal Investigation Division and Police Investigation Unit as well as at least two by Israeli police in the West Bank – such that there are even incidents that are illegal according to the army’s own policies. Actually, the army and its various mechanisms of law enforcement actually utilize our video footage often in order to investigate incidents in the occupied territories.

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